Fashions today change as quickly as gas prices–or so it seems.
The Victorian women were no strangers to style fluctuations. I find it amazing how slow communication was but how rapidly a certain look could become replaced by another.
Let’s have some fun and see how much you know about Victorian women’s attire.
Following are five photos depicting different periods of women’s clothing during the Victorian era. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (do you hear the Mission Impossible theme playing? :-)) is to list the women’s (fictional) names in the correct order.
Don’t worry about dates or descriptions of the various periods. All I’m after is a list of five names in the order you think the outfits appeared in history, from oldest to most recent.
You could, of course, get the info you need from the Internet, but let’s agree that you’ll give Google a break, will resist rushing to your reference library, and will make your best guess. I’ll give you a hint that might prove helpful. Think of the period movies you’ve watched.
And now, here are the lovely “models” from yesteryear. . .
Have fun guessing!
I’ll update the post over the weekend to include the answer, so you could check back Monday. I’ll also provide a link to this post at the end of next Friday’s quiz. If you view that post, you’ll be able to click the link and see which of the choices above is the correct one.
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Update and Answer
Thanks to the many who read the post and to those who left a guess.
Here’s the order of the “models” in chronological order ~
Jade – in the full hoop skirt of the first half of the 1860s
Opal – with soft bustle of the mid 1860s to the mid 1870s
Pearl – with hard “shelf” bustle of the mid 1880s
Ruby – in a tailored suit-style dress that appeared in the early 1890s
Coral – with the extra-large leg of mutton sleeves of the mid 1890s
Note that the appearance of the tailored suit and the “puffy” sleeves occurred close to the same time. The reason “Ruby” comes before “Pearl” is that the leg of mutton sleeves shown are the extremely exaggerated version that was reached around 1895. The leg of mutton sleeves that came on the scene at the beginning of the decade, when tailored suits such as “Ruby’s” were making their way into fashion, were quite a bit smaller.
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I’ve updated the Friday Fun post from last week. Click the link to see the answer.
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